Elite Traveler Winter 2021

Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna, Presidential Suite VIENNA, AUSTRIA With the State Opera, Museum of Fine Arts and Imperial Palace nearby, the Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna on the historic Ringstrasse is supremely located for culture and history buffs (the hotel itself dates back to 1873). The hotel is a favorite for weddings and events — which are carbon neutral. The Presidential Suite is the largest in the city at 3,444 sq ft; it has a master bedroom, guest bedroom, living area with library and baby grand piano, dining room, kitchenette and office area. The living room’s vertical garden brings a touch of zen to the snazzy suite, and the chic black-and-white bathroom has views over the Ringstrasse. The suite can be connected to an additional Deluxe room. Best feature The living vertical garden in the living room From $9,700 per night. Contact Kristina Mladenovic, reservations supervisor, reservations.vienna@ kempinski.com, +43 123 610 00, kempinski.com

Borgo Pignano, Casa del Borgo TUSCANY, ITALY

The Fife Arms, Indian Suite BRAEMAR, SCOTLAND

To visit Borgo Pignano, which sits in the heart of a 750-acre organic farm estate, is to instantly relax into the laid-back rural Italian way of life. The hotel’s Casa del Borgo maisonette exemplifies traditional Tuscan style, with simple furnishings and decor creating an atmosphere that feels as though you’ve arrived at a family home. Downstairs is a spacious communal area with a fully equipped kitchen and dining area that is perfect for enjoying those long, raucous meals for which Italy is famed. Sleeping quarters consist of one master bedroom, complete with elegant solid wood furniture and inviting Italian bed linens, and two additional bedrooms with views across the Tuscan countryside. And, since Borgo Pignano is a founding member of eco-hotel group Beyond Green, guests can rest assured that their visit is good for the planet as well as the soul. Best feature The maisonette’s hidden courtyard terrace From $1,393 per night. Contact reservations team, reservations@borgopignano.com, +39 058 835 032, borgopignano.com

Since opening in 2018, The Fife Arms has been the place to stay in Scotland. A Braemar landmark in the Scottish Highlands, this 19th-century former hunting lodge is famed for its extravagant interiors. Manuela and Iwan, founders of leading art gallery Hauser &Wirth, fell under the property’s spell in 2015 and have meticulously restored it to its former glory. The hotel has a gallery-size collection of artworks (around 14,000 pieces) from Pablo Picasso, Lucian Freud andMan Ray; special commissions and historical furnishings (such as the 19th-century carved fireplace that depicts scenes from Robert Burns’s work) to create a soul-stirring sense of place. Each suite has its own distinct decor and specified inspiration; the Indian Suite is an opulent extravaganza inspired by Abdul Karim, an attendant and dear confidant of Queen Victoria. The one-bedroom suite has an ornate fireplace, plush tweed furnishings and antiques (the writing desk overlooks the village). Best feature Marvelous interiors and outstanding art collection From$1,500 per night. Contact Rachael Henley, hotel manager, reservations@thefifearms.com, +44 133 972 0202, thefifearms.com

The Langham, Sterling Suite LONDON, ENGLAND

Despite being just a few short minutes from the mad hustle and bustle of Oxford Circus, The Langham envelops guests in its decidedly relaxed atmosphere. One of the city’s best-known (and best-loved) hotels, it dates back to 1865 — the refined Palm Court has been serving afternoon tea since then, too, but today’s iteration sees a number of British childhood favorites reimagined: iced gems, custard creams and tarts, washed down with a glass of Taittinger. The Sterling Suite, awash in soothing neutral tones with shimmering metallic accents, is the largest (and most expensive) suite in the city. Spanning 4,844 sq ft, the suite can be configured to include up to six bedrooms. There is a huge entry lobby with a half bath, elegant oval dining table with space for six, a formal drawing room with a piano, another living room (which can be closed off for privacy), master bedroom and opulent en suite, and a butler’s pantry. Best feature London’s spacious, largest suite From $30,000 per night. Contact Bob van den Oord, managing director, tllon.info@langhamhotels.com, +44 207 636 1000, langhamhotels.com

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